T Prom It s than one school even It s a system that crushes individuality and thought in the name of conformity and nice sounding phrases like college and career ready among other things It s a system loaded with folklore about grading assignments and the way kids learn that has absolutely nothing to do with the way kids learn It s gobbling
#students alive and #alive and s destroying teacher autonomy as well It s a handy scapegoat for politicians and wonks in think tanks tasked with dreaming up explanations of kids these days when really what they want the system to do is to produce drones for future employment all while they bilk the country dry Warner walks through the paradigms of school and today s writing courses that do considerable damage His prose is readable and engaging but also sourced and informational many of his observations will strike veteran educators and citizens who have been following all this as old news but he still manages to make it urgent and timely The book closes with several observations about how he s managed to move past the onerous conditions of a college with a predictably ill funded first ear composition program and concludes with a measured plea for further thought and study Teaching and learning is complicated context dependent and incredibly variable from one situation to another he remindstells us We have misplaced our faith in fads that promise solutions because to contemplate a world without solutions is too difficult to confront We have attempted to systematize things like learning that are not systematic We have neglected the human capital the people who engage in the actual work of teaching The evidence is overwhelming that we have been wrong in the way we teach students to write and think but we shouldn t fall prey to thinking a simple course correction will lead to A Solution That Mentality Is solution That mentality is got us into this situation in the first place So as usual the first step towards fixing the problem is understanding the problem That means making this book widely available not just to teachers who will be understandably cheered and vexed at the airing of views they ll see as strikingly obvious but to administrators politicians members of the community journalists and anyone else with skin in the game meaning everyone Warner joins a chorus of voices like Mike Rose Mark Edmundson Paulo Freire and Martha Nussbaum calling for a process based approach to education that celebrates thought and achievement over standardization and arbitrary top down CES GLUCIDES QUI MENACENT NOTRE CERVEAU yardsticks The real work as usual will be in the dissemination of these views and the slow agonizing march towards improvement Let s get to it As someone who teaches in a writing intensive discipline at the college level and who has taught writing seminars in the past I found myself nodding along with so much of what John Warner has to say here The billions that have been pumped into standardised testing private charter schools ed tech etc over the past thirtyears or so haven t just been wasted they ve caused actual harm In this we are in absolute agreement I m also not the person who needs to read this book Why They Can t Write needs to find its way into the hands of the politicians who defund public education the college administrators who pay comprhetoric instructors a pittance for a crushing workload and my senior colleagues who sniff about kids these days The kids are all right it s the system that s an unholy mess. W the rules such as the five paragraph essay designed to help them pass these high stakes assessmentsIn Why They Can't Write Warner has crafted both a diagnosis for what ails us and a blueprint for fixing a broken system Combining current knowledge of what works in teaching and learning with the most enduring philosophies of classical education this book challenges readers to develop the skills attitudes knowledge and habits of mind of strong write. Folklore as Warner puts it I always felt that if teachers were given the mission to teach only one or two kids with their current class plans and curriculum everything they do would change They would realize how much time is wasted on nonsense and busywork instead of core reading and writing More than anything else students need the freedom and opportunity to read and write as much as possible with mentors to guide them I digested most of this book on a cross country flight moving from chapter to chapter nodding my head in agreement John Warner has written a book that will resonate with many veteran teachers whether of college or secondary composition especially those of National Writing Project experience There isn t much that is revolutionary here most of his thinking has been arrived at by other thinkers But that is also part of his argument In Why They Can t Write veteran college writing instructor John Warner thoughtfully explains how the educational trend toward an accountability culture in high schools narrows students thinking abilities and affects their fluency in developing depth and voice in writing With humor and insight Warner examines current writing pedagogy and then ranges beyond English classrooms to discuss other ways students are cheated by short sighted educational policies Thankfully this book also offers specific common sense solutions and approaches to right the ship of high school writing instruction Of course there are a lot of excellent writing teachers plying their trades in high schools across America Unfortunately these classroom masters are doing important effective work while freuently find Because of the title I went into the book expecting Warner to dig into the 5 paragraph essay and to provide a series of recommendations for other ways to teach writing He does but his interests and his critiue are much broader than the title suggestsInstead Warner tackles the educational system and identifies numerous systemic problems of which the 5 paragraph essay is just one of many symptoms Standardized testing standardized instruction and an over reliance on technology an over emphasis on product and grading vs process and cultivating curiosity undercompensation for teachers and adjunct faculty and the precarious position financial insecurity food insecurity lack of time and sleep of students and teachers alike result in a culture of schooling that breeds anxiety
And A Fear Of Riska fear of risk This of course isn t good for developing students writers His recommendations which weave their way throughout the text are useful and challenging but not particularly new His recommendations which weave their way throughout the text are useful and challenging but not particularly new the writer cultivate authentic writing experiences focus on process rather than product align pedagogy with personal beliefs and values resist teaching and tools that standardize feedback emphasize growth not grades recognize that learning to write isn t a linear process because writing is fundamentally about thinking and expressing ideas clearly and provide teachers with the resources they need to do this work wellUltimately this book reaffirmed much of what I already believe but it was nice to hear it again all in one place John Warner takes the whole Why can t kids write these days and answers it thoroughly and convincingly We re teaching them to write badly he argues and we need to stop doing that We is of course than just that mean sopho English teacher Convaincre en moins de 2 minutes you had who hatedou and made Ce qu'il reste de nous you feel bad abou. Ation assessments and accountability We have done no Warner argues than conditioned students to perform writing related simulations which pass temporary muster but do little to help students develop their writing abilities This style of teaching has made students passive and disengaged Worseet it hasn't prepared them for writing in the college classroom Rather than making choices and thinking critically as writers must undergraduates simply follo.
Read ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ↠ John WarnerThis book tackles a lot than teaching writing but at its heart is the call for teachers to do what research has taught us about guiding student writers I cannot wait to discuss it with teachers I picked up John Warner s book Why They Can t Write curious to see the shape of writing on the collegiate level Truth be told as a high school English teacher I was also seeking affirmation in lieu of naysayers The five paragraph formula was jettisoned from my classroom many ears ago because I began feeling a tension between what student writers need to learn and why they need to learn it Those in favor of the five paragraph essay argue that students need structural support to learn what an essay looks like Warner gives a nod to this notion in his analogy about training wheels Sure student writers like children learning to ride a bike might benefit from rigid training wheels but eventually those training wheels start to wobble need ratcheting off When that happens we can expect falls bumps and bruises all natural parts of what it means to be a writer A writer gains their bearings when they experiment play and enter into a
o It isn t often that ou read a professional book that makes Dialogue aux enfers entre Machiavel et Montesuieu you laugh out loud and has shakingour head in agreement so often that it s awkward I wish my middle school and high school teachers had read this bookI wish I had read this book 24 ears agoI wish we would have conversations in public education about this book I m trying to be diplomatic hereI m glad that this is an option for our 6 12 teachers for PD I wish I could award fractions of starsI would give this 3 12 or even 3 34 but I cannot give it a 4 While I agreed with the vast majority of the text I cannot give it a 4 While I agreed with the vast majority of the text the PB J assignment and telling education majors ou feel sorry for them this book was not as solutions oriented as advertised I know there is a problem with standardized testing driving writing instruction So now what do I do about it About 10% of theprocess o It isn t often that ou read a professional book that makes ou laugh out loud and has
Book Offered Solutions And Ioffered solutions and I take a few things directly back to my classroom The bottom line no matter how poorly they are compensated teaching in a public high school and teaching freshman comp are two very different beasts I will gladly read the seuel that really answers the Now What uestion I am still left asking Yep I was nodding in agreement with each turn of the page I think Warner and I only deviate in opinion in one area school 8 Dressage conjugal years ago when my daughter s kindergarten principal said to me Ifou think Leyna Book 1 you can do better I decided I could and have been homeschooling ever since Warner s philosophy on school is of a Sheryl Sandberg Lean In approach I get it Many of us must lean into this broken system so this is the best we can do However one bad teacher or one badear especially in K 12 can do so much damage to the confidence and competence of a student I d like someone with Warner s passion and expertise to offer advice to parents on how to navigate the broken system That aside there are some great writing exercises and reflections in the book that can be used for all ages I see myself trying them with both my 6th and 9th grader I would definitely recommend Why They Can t Write to my homeschooling community which often falls prey to the ease and promise of ineffective cookie cutter curriculum When given the freedom to educate children too many parents and teachers alike fall back on what they know rather than what s proven to be effective or. There seems to be widespread agreement that when it comes to the writing skills of college students we are in the midst of a crisis In Why They Can't Write John Warner who taught writing at the college level for two decades argues that the problem isn't caused by a lack of rigor or smartphones or some generational character defect Instead he asserts we're teaching writing wrongWarner blames this on decades of educational reform rooted in standardiz.